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Religulous (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 47

Religulous is funny and offensive in equal measure, and aims less to change hearts and minds than to inspire conversation.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 15

Religulous is funny and offensive in equal measure, and aims less to change hearts and minds than to inspire conversation.

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Movie Info

Borat director Larry Charles follows host Bill Maher as he travels the continents interviewing various subjects about God and religion. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Comedy

Feb 17, 2009

$13.0M

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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (47) | DVD (6)

Over-extended but nonetheless thought provoking and humorous documentary.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Maher is essentially and professionally a comic, and the measure of this movie is not just the thoughts it provokes but the laughs it generates.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
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I think this is an important movie, challenging, many beliefs that many of us seem unwilling to talk about. Mainly, though, you'll laugh...a lot.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Religulous has an unholy fervor that should start many bonfires.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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About half of the movie works in its snide, hit-and-run way. The other half throws more and more darts at the same balloon, long after it pops.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (10)
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Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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Bill Maher admittedly dresses a one-sided anti-religion diatribe in documentary linens and the hypocrites he finds make great punchlines. But he also addresses the historically proven truth of faith perverted for power and the danger posed to us all.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Rather disconcertingly, the film builds towards a vision of the apocalypse, the destructive fate that religious conflicts have in store for us -- a version of the future any hellfire preacher would be proud of.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Borat/Bruno meets Michael Moore in this funny and thought provoking attack on religion.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

So if you are not already on-side with [Maher's] particular leanings, the pickings in Religulous are very slim indeed.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Comments (6)
Herald Sun (Australia)

The Passion of the Maher

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: minnpost.com
minnpost.com

Instead of confronting real problems radiating from the world's major religions Mr. Maher and Mr. Charles opt for Borat redux, making fun of silly little yokels.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times | Comment (1)
Washington Times

Ever the clever quipper, Bill Maher tackles religious dogma and ritual%u2013and Bibles tales%u2013in this documentary of irreverence. The film is witty and pointedly critical%u2013but it's no revelation.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Ultimately, the movie is an impotent howl into the wind.

June 7, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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May 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Wants to be a wakeup call in a room where the people are willing to sleep just a little too deeply.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

I'm all for a documentary about the mass hysteria of our warring creeds, but stand-up satirist Bill Maher turns out to be the wrong man to make it.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Maher has gone for easy targets. He comes up with the odd funny gag, but you get the feeling that he is as dogmatic about his doubt as the believers are about their faith.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (11)
Times [UK]

Often funny, frequently unfair, mostly simplistic, at times offensively unethical and ultimately limited.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (8)
Observer [UK]

It was much more thought-provoking than I was expecting, but his blatant bias made me feel that he was no less a fundamentalist than the religious people he was criticising.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Fortunately for filmgoers, the sight of Bill Maher laying the smacketh down on God is, to quote Homer Simpson, truly "sacrilicious".

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Maher crucifies the kooks. What he singularly fails to do, though, is engage with anyone sensible. By mocking the loonies he squanders the precious high ground. A real pity.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (2)
Times [UK]

Shooting fish in a barrel is the order of the day in comedian Bill Maher's faintly tiresome attack on religion.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)
Guardian

A refreshingly courageous and long overdue lecture that is equally enlightening, entertaining and provocative.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Smart, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining.

April 3, 2009 | Comment (1)
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March 2, 2014
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Directors Cat

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Bill Maher: It's like the lotto. "You can't get saved if you don't play."

"Heaven help us."

Religulous is an opinion film at its core. This is a movie where one man, Bill Maher goes around talking to religious cooks and church members, which allows him to try to refute all their beliefs and instead pass on his opinion of religion. For a lot of people this technique really wouldn't work for a documentary. If your opinion doesn't hold much weight then your film will fall because of that. This isn't the case with Bill Maher and Religulous. The reason: because Bill's opinion's are backed up with solid ideas to back them up. 

This isn't a movie that someone who is very religious should be seeing because you won't enjoy it and you know that going in. However, if you're an atheist, there will be a much greater chance you love this, because a lot of the same reasons you are an atheist are Bill's too. Then there are the people like me(Bill included in this group), that aren't religious at all and fail to ever become religious because there are way too many unanswered questions and absolutely no facts or proof. In the end, all these holy books seem to be are stories and most of the early religions stories are pretty damn similar. 

This really is a movie that I enjoyed more than my score of it indicates. I'm giving it a good, but not great rating, because it fails to become anything more than just an opinion film. If I were to rate this on how entertained I was and how much I enjoyed it, I would be able to give it a much higher rating. As far as a recommendation would go, I would give it a mild one. This isn't a film I'd recommend to my grandma or father, but to friends who do think alike, I would. In the end though, it should be pretty easy to decide if this is a film for you. Are you religious? If yes, pass on it. If no, give it a look. 
June 16, 2013
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Melvin White

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Comedian Bill Maher takes his smirking cynicism of religious dogma on the road and talks to various crackpots in this documentary exploring belief. Maher is taking up the standard of the likes of Bill Hicks as he mocks his way through the various modern faiths both great and small. Religulous is clearly meant more as comedy than documentary as his smirking, mocking tone when he interviews his victims is hardly the most objective starting point to a serious argument, but one could also argue that if any of these people had a logical leg to stand on they would be able to defend their beliefs from such impudent sarcasm. But they can't. Instead we see a bunch of "leaders" who do little more than continuously state and restate their outlandish tenets or merely figuratively stick their fingers in their ears and shout "I'M NOT LISTENING I'M NOT LISTENING" as they each blatantly contradict each other and claim that theirs is the TRUE word of god. It's actually all very funny stuff to a confirmed atheist but I'm sure it will antagonise "true believers" everywhere and as such is clearly just preaching to the converted. But this convert though it was hilarious!
March 12, 2013
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Although thought/ conversation provoking, the documentary removes almost all of its interest, value and authority through its smug, cynical interviews of hand picked idiots and fanatics, snidely (and quickly predictably) cut together to maximise point and laugh value... and Maher's ego. In short- not doing at all enough justice to an always fascinating and controversial topic.
December 26, 2012
Louis Rogers

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